NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Discover new ways to celebrate the holidays at Heard Museum’s Fifth Annual Ornament Marketplace

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PHOENIX – The Heard Museum 5th annual Ornament Marketplace is returning this Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, bringing with it a wide selection of hand-crafted Native holiday ornaments to purchase from.

navajo storyteller angelsWith ornaments at a variety of price ranges, anyone from collectors to those seeking gifts for cherished others can find unique works that portray traditional or holiday themes. More than 20 Native artists will be offering ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads.

Visitors will be also able to purchase decorated wreaths as well as books and other gifts made by Native artists, as well as enjoy live music performances across the four days of the fifth annual Ornament Marketplace.

This year’s signature ornament is made by silversmith Howard Sice (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo). The ornament is a three-dimensional Hopi maiden crafted from sterling silver and decorated with symbols taken from Hopi culture. It will be one of a limited edition of 20 ornaments, which will each be priced at $175. (An image of the 2013 signature ornament is available; contact Mark Scarp,, or 602.251.0283.)

Sice, who is also a Katsina carver and jewelry engraver, has had his work featured in several locations, including the Heard Museum and the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. His skill and craftsmanship is self-taught, and his work often features rare stones, silver, gold and other metals.

Ornament Marketplace takes place at both Heard Museum locations on Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Marketplace attendance is free – museum admission is additional – and no sales tax is charged for purchases from the Heard Museum Shops. For more information, visit